FG warns civil servants as court declines Emefiele’s request

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The Federal Government through the office of the Head of Civil Services, OHCSF, has reacted to the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to drag the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and others to court over his Presidential ambition.

Head of OHCSF, Folasade Yemi-Esan, urged all civil servants to be guided by the Nigerian Public Service Rules, PSR.

Yemi-Esan said they civil servants should be guided by Malami’s legal opinion.

Emefiele dragged Malami, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; the All Progressives Congress, APC; before a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking enforcement of his right to contest the 2023 Presidential election without resigning from his current position.

His suit with No FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022 instituted on his behalf by a lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has been fixed for hearing today, Monday.

The CBN governor is seeking enforcement of his right to contest the 2023 Presidential election without resigning from his current position.

Reacting, Yemi-Esan explained that the need for compliance was in the interest of neutrality, harmony, integrity, and development of the Nigerian Civil Civil Service.

A statement by Yemi-Esan reads partly: “Accordingly, in the overall best interest of neutrality, integrity, and development of Nigerian Civil Service, all civil servants are strongly advised to be guided by the provisions of PSR and the legal opinion of Attorney-General of the Federation/Minister of Justice on the subject.

“The contents of this circular should be given widest circulation for the compliance of all.”

The court declined Emefiele’s request to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission from stopping his quest to run for president.

The court adjourned till Thursday May 12, 2022 for INEC and the AGF to be put.on notice.

 

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